Day: November 13, 2022

Company, by Rickie Lee Jones

I loved her music when it first came out, more than forty years ago. She was so obviously unlike anyone else on the music scene at the time. Jazzy, Bluesy, big-hearted, street-smart, and very cool. The Duchess of Coolesville, they called her. But her songs pointed beyond that cool, toward dark depths and pain, manic highs and shattering lows, and the ethos of a teen runaway. You wanted to be with her, learn her Jazzy, street-smart ways, protect her if you could, if she would let you. And she was friends with Tom Waits, the author of “Jersey Girl,” the deep, whiskey-yang, to her soulful, sultry, vagabond-yin.…

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